Corona – First tourists book stays in Italy

As the vaccination campaign progresses in several countries, the desire to travel is growing again. Bookings from abroad for summer stays arrive in the Italian cultural cities. In Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples hopes of a new start to tourism are growing.

“Because of the uncertainty surrounding the flight options, summer stays are mainly booked by foreigners who can reach Italy by car,” said Claudio Delli, director of the Wtb (Why the Best) hotel chain, the five four-star hotels in Venice and Florence owns. Bookings for stays in Venice had also come from Austria. Great hopes are placed in September. Then US tourists are expected to return.

“People want to travel again. They long for a normal life. Italy is still a dream destination for tourists,” said Bernabò Bocca, President of the Federalberghi Hotel Association, according to the daily La Repubblica.

Hotels offer flexibility

Hotels guarantee maximum flexibility. A prepayment is not required, the stay can be canceled up to the last minute. Prices are up to 25 percent lower than in pre-virus times. The Four Seasons Hotel in Milan beckons with a free dinner if you book at least one night for two.

The renowned Danieli Hotel in Venice has received many inquiries from the USA. From June, holidaymakers from Germany and Austria are also expected. “We had already expected a restart in April, but the restrictions have been extended throughout Italy until Easter,” reported Danielis director Gianrico Esposito.

Until the massive return of tourists from abroad, Italy’s tourism is still dependent on support measures. Prime Minister Mario Draghi presented a package of measures on Friday with financing in the order of 32 billion euros with aid to the economic sectors hardest hit by the crisis. 1.5 billion euros should benefit tourism. (apa)

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